Once you are completely done with your comprehensive resume, save
a copy as text. Click on file, and then save as. Under the file
name, there will be a dialogue box for save as type. Scroll down to
text only (*.txt) and click on save. Exit Word. Go to the directory
where your document was saved, and double-click on it to open it.
Remove any extra blank lines that were added, and re-alphabetize any
bullet points that got out of order. Save and exit.
This resume will be the one that you copy and paste directly into
the body of your e-mails to recruiters, since a great many of them
no longer care to accept attachments, and you will also use it to
populate the fields when you post your resume to job sites. It's
best to use the version that has no formatting for this purpose. A
time-saving hint: Create it as a signature in Outlook Express.
Launch Outlook Express. Click on Tools, Options, Signatures.
Select New, File, Browse, Select File. Find the .txt format of your
resume you want to use, then click Open. Highlight the name in the
top dialogue box that says Signature # and click on Rename. Type in
a descriptive name, like Jane-Resume. Click OK.
To use it, when you've clicked on New Mail, select Insert,
Signature, then pick Jane-Resume. At the selected point within your
new e-mail, the text will be inserted. A wonderful time saver.
If your resume is too big for one signature file, you can cut it
in half, putting part of it in one text file, and part of it in
another. Then make two signature files, i.e. Jane-Resume-1,
Jane-Resume-2, then insert one after the other in the message. Also
good for saving various application letters to recruiters versus
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